Every year during the annual Memorial Day Weekend holiday period, law enforcement agencies join forces day and night, from coast-to-coast, for an enforcement blitz that delivers on our message Click It or Ticket. The mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness before the blitz.
Why the emphasis on buckling up? Buckling up is your best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash. Crashes where the victims arenít wearing safety belts can be deadly and people who arenít buckled up are often thrown out of their car or truck, and sometimes the vehicle even rolls over them.
Unbelted backseat passengers can become projectiles in a car crash and they can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even can injure or kill those in the front seat. However, riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are 44% more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants in passenger cars and 73% more likely in passenger vans and SUVs.
It is important to remember that in the state of Texas all adults in the vehicle are required to wear their safety belts, which means passengers in the front or back seat can now receive tickets for not wearing a seat belt. Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a safety seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
Corpus Christi Police Officers worked on an overtime basis through a grant provided by the Texas Department of Transportation to enforce the states seat belt laws from May 18 through May 31. The following numbers were reported by the Corpus Christi Police Department during the time period of the Click it or Ticket campaign.
256 Click It or Ticket overtime hours were worked
271 citations were issued to drivers and passengers without seat belts on.
22 citations were issued to drivers for children in the vehicle not in car safety seats.
98 citations were issued to drivers for other violations such as expired vehicle registration or inspection or for no liability insurance.
2 separate arrests were made. One was for a man with three outstanding arrest warrants. The other was for possession of marijuana.